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History on the doorstop.

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Hesketh Crescent was commissioned by Sir Lawrence Palk, the Fourth Baronet, who was elevated to peerage in 1880 becoming "Lord Haldon, of Haldon Devon" (after whom Haldon Pier Road is named).

The Crescent was designed by brothers William and John Harvey. It took two years to construct and was completed in 1848. It has been referred to as "the finest crescent of houses in the west of England" and John Wilson wrote; “The Regency ideals of London and Brighton reached their highest standard in the building of Hesketh Crescent.”

Originally called Meadfoot Crescent, it was renamed Hesketh Crescent after the birth of Sir Lawrence and Maria Hesketh's first child: Lawrence Hesketh Palk. The Palk family had been notable landowners in and around Torquay for generations and produced the first town plan for Torquay.

OSBORNE HOTEL, HESKETH CRESCENT, TORQUAY, DEVON, TQ1 2LL